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The exhibition aims to showcase outsiders and provocateurs in Australian contemporary art.

Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Announces 2022 Artists

Kate Scardifield, 07 – Canis Major (wind instrument 2) 34°46'18.3"S 150°49'23.8"E Studies In Semaphore And Signalling (2019). Sailcloth, rip-stop nylon, repurposed parachute silk, thread, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Robin Hearfield.

The Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) has announced the 25 Australian artists participating in next year's edition of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. The event, subtitled Free/State, runs from 4 March to 5 June 2022.

'Free/State is a biennial for the times; wild, frenetic and unbound,' said the biennial's curator, Sebastian Goldspink.

The 2022 biennial aims to create a dialogue between young artists and an earlier generation of outsiders and provocateurs such as Tracey Moffatt, Angela and Hossein Valamanesh, and Julie Rrap.

'When these artists were emerging, they were outsiders in a very different type of art world,' Goldspink said.

'They were prescient and ahead of their time. Positioning these artists as senior in 2022 is entirely appropriate but also an attempt to scrutinise these blind spots in history,' he said.

Reko Rennie, OA_RR (2016-17), 4K three channel digital video, PAL, stereo sound, 7 min, 47 seconds. Acquisition through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Reko Rennie, OA_RR (2016-17), 4K three channel digital video, PAL, stereo sound, 7 min, 47 seconds. Acquisition through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art supported by BHP 2017, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Courtesy the artist and blackartprojects, Melbourne. Photo: Justin McManus.

The Adelaide Biennial has exhibited almost 500 artists since it was established in 1990 as part of the Adelaide Festival.

AGSA director Rhana Devenport said, 'The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is more important now than ever, as we collectively embrace a newfound appreciation for creators and acknowledge how hard these times have been for those in the arts.'

The full list of participating artists follows below. —[O]

Artists in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 2022

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah,
Serena Bonson,
Mitch Cairns,
Dean Cross,
Shaun Gladwell,
Dennis Golding,
Loren Kronemyer,
Laith McGregor,
Kate Mitchell,
Tracey Moffatt,
Stanislava Pinchuk,
Tom Polo,
JD Reforma,
Reko Rennie,
Julie Rrap,
Kate Scardifield,
Darren Sylvester,
Jelena Telecki,
Rhoda Tjitayi,
James Tylor & Rebecca Selleck,
Angela & Hossein Valamanesh,
Sera Waters, and
Min Wong.

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